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Tribute: The magnificent Chesterfield

What kind of sofa do you have in your home? Contemporary, mid century, maybe something classic like a Chesterfield? This instantly recognisable sofa has been reinvented over the years but it's a true design icon. It was more curves than J-Lo and comes in a range of colours and fabrics.

While the exact origin is a little ambiguous, many sources credit the Earl of Chesterfield who commissioned a cabinet maker to design an elegant yet masculine piece. The Chesterfield was in demand for most of the early 19th century and became symbolic of British aristocracy and wealth.

"This icon of the furniture world is widely thought to have been commissioned by, and consequently named in honor of, the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, in the 18th century. Aside from being a much-admired politician and writer, the suave Earl was a known trendsetter. When the Earl requested a cabinetmaker to construct a piece of furniture that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort, thus was the inception of the Chesterfield sofa with its characteristic deep buttoned upholstery, rolled arms, equal back and arm height and nail head trim. There has never been any solid confirmation of this noble beginning. However, this namesake is certainly appropriate."

Sure, the Chesterfield is having a makeover and is moving away from the traditional colours and materials we usually associate it with (dark tan leather mostly). So I thought, what better way to share my passion for good design, than finding and sharing a collection of living rooms that include this type of sofa. Rich colours and soft fabrics, what more could you ask for to achieve a glamorous look with added comfort.

Racing Green with added stud detail

Green Chesterfield sofa with added studs in front of crisp white walls with decorative moulding, as seen in A Glass of Bovino's living room reveal (and you really need to look at the before!).

Image Credit above and below: A Glass of Bovino

For something similar try the Winston from Swoon shown here in 'Kingfisher' a teal fabric.

Cherry Pink in velvet

This belongs to an extraordinary mews house, in bohemian Notting Hill in London. Stunningly refurbished by interior designer and architectural specialists Fossey Arora. Photo by Domus Nova.

Traditional dark leather

Clifton Interiors paired a traditional dark leather Chesterfield with mid century lounge chairs and a blue rug from Luke Irwin. See the before and after here.

Above and below, image credit: Clifton Interiors Ltd

Blue velvet

The Bagsie from LOAF

This deep buttoned beauty is one of the best sellers and at 241cm it's one of the widest around. It looks super comfy and inviting!

Bagsie sofa in Honeycomb clever softie

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